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    Updated to reflect revised Apple Watch sales estimates. (Thanks, SocialBrian!) I remember the moment I realized smartwatches had a chance at being the next big thing in mobile. It was the spring of 2012, I'd just spent a week with the original Pebble, and I suddenly found myself unable to live without it. It was 1999 all over again: I was a wristwatch-wearing man, and leaving the house without it prompted angry expletives and a day full of accidental glances at an empty wrist. Three years later, smartwatches have made the jump to the mainstream consciousness. No longer confined to the ...

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    I’ve learned that there are two things about being a mobile technology reviewer. The first thing: you get to handle awesome gadgetry days or weeks ahead of its official release date, and you’re not just allowed to use the heck out of it; you need to, in order to do your job. That’s the awesome thing. The other (less-awesome) thing: you eventually have to give it all back. Empty Nest is a recurring column discussing what I miss -and what I don’t- about the devices I’ve had to return. • I wore the Apple Watch Sport for the better part of last month as preparation for our ...

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    One of the surprising things to come out of the “Next Nexus” rumor mill is news that one of the proposed devices might come with a 3D camera and a laser sensor. Of course, there has been quite a bit of speculation about it, and this may all amount to nothing, but sometimes I like to play the “what-if?” game and see where it leads me. In this case, drilling down and looking at the little details as well as the big picture, there are a few things that I feel Google might have in mind. When it comes to the Nexus 5, most of us would be satisfied if Google adopted the “if it ain’t ...

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    Update: That's a wrap, folks! Thanks to all who joined in. Click here to see the archive! Ever wonder what our esteemable Editorial Director Michael Fisher is doing when he's not reviewing technology, tweeting about Star Trek, or referring to himself in the third person? Well, this Sunday night he'll be trying his hand at his first Reddit AMA! Isn't that crazy? Join us over in the r/Android subreddit at 8pm Eastern (click here for your local time) where for three hours Michael Fisher will field questions ranging from tech blogging to ... well, who knows? To the uninitiated, "AMA" ...

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    Phones are sooooo 2014. Let’s talk wearables. Now, as many of you know, I’m a fan of wearables. Watches in particular. Sure, Bluetooth headsets hold a special place in my heart – a place I don’t think about much to be sure – but special nonetheless. But when you’re looking at the wearable space, you’re really talking about Bluetooth headsets and smartwatches. That’s not a bad thing, really. But there’s a lot of maturing that needs to happen, and perhaps some innovation. We thought we’d take a look at some potential innovations and see which one had the most promise to ...

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    Windows phone is still treading water. Despite a lot of hoopla around Windows 10 and what it will mean for mobile, Windows Phone is still hanging around – not really growing, not really shrinking. But, the status quo is not a good one for Windows Phone. Presumably at some point, Microsoft is going to need to stop losing money or even gain a profit if this Windows Phone venture is to continue. Pet projects We all have our pet projects – those tasks we take on even though there’s little to no profit in it. I have a podcast (shameless self-promotion) that doesn’t really make any ...

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    If you’ve been yearning for Nokia hardware since its Microsoft acquisition, then you might finally be in luck — at least, sort of. The company’s CEO Rajeev Suri recently commented on the possibility of reentering the phone space. To simplify a complicated response, Nokia has interest in designing phones to then license to other companies, similar to what happened with its N1 tablet. In other words, while they may ot be manufactured by Nokia, you’ll at least have the novelty and peace of mind of knowing that Nokia designed your phone again. It’s a lot of technical mumbo jumbo, but ...

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    For being the first product coming from a small startup company with a vague history and questionable PR stunts, the One from OnePlus sold like crazy when it was made available last year. In the end, it turned out to be quite a good phone, but even before anyone knew how it performed, there were two main selling points that largely drove the OnePlus One to its viral success: its price and its specs. The market has grown significantly since the One’s release, with phones like the Idol 3 and Zenfone 2 taking over the budget space, but at the time there were very few low-cost phones worth ...

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    Contrary to some rumors circulating around the Internet, I'm not dead (not yet anyway) - I've just been on vacation for the last two-and-a-half weeks. I had a wonderful time with my family, saw some beautiful places, soaked up some sun, and spent way too much money on food. Since I am "Joe the Android Guy™" after all, I had plenty of tech in tow, but before we dive into that, let me give you a little background about how we went about our trip,then share some vacation tech tips to help your next excursion be more enjoyable. Including my mother-in-law, we have eight people in my ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    By now, you might've seen the IHS and Slice Intelligence figures. If not, here's a quick summary: the standard 38mm Apple Watch Sport Band costs $2.05 for Apple to make and it is selling them for $49 each. The disclaimer here is that marketing, shipping and other associated costs aren't included here. That said, Apple prices nearly all, if not all of its products for profit because otherwise, it wouldn't be in business. This is beyond smartphones, here. We've seen the Cupertino tech trendsetters make money hand over fist in many ways. Many. The company threatened to start using foot over ...

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    Furniture. Cafeteria food. Swiss army knives. All of these, when done well, can be a success when made modular. Well, we're watching two companies as they try to make pieces of the smartphone: Dutch outfit Fairphone and Google-managed development effort, Project Ara. Fairphone has already released a first iteration of its device with the Fairphone 2 on the way. Ara's still in the larva stage with test markets only staring to get first-wave parts. But each group's ideas of which pieces should be in the modular smartphone puzzle can get pretty far apart. Project Ara has a goal to start ...

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    I suppose it was inevitable. I mean, I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold out for too long. I thought I’d last longer, but I hear that’s common in tech reviewers my age. But here I am, finally. I may as well just accept it. I’m using two consecutive phones with biometric unlock capability. What did you think I was talking about? Anyway. I picked up an iPhone 6 plus for another work-related experiment. The iPhone 6 Plus, of course, features Touch ID, arguably the gold standard of fingerprint unlock in the smartphone space. Before that (and after), I was using the Samsung Galaxy S6 ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    If you are a mobile technology fan, chances are you are on Twitter. You tweet, mention, retweet, and favorite with abandon those accounts that tickle your fancy. Mobile technology geeks are no strangers to the wonders of social media, so when one of them has some unusual goings on it’s enough for us to stand up and take notice. While not directly related to mobile, which is our bread and butter here at Pocketnow, Twitter is still an enormous part of our lives, so we wanted to take a look at what it’s doing right, and more specifically, what Twitter is missing. Reeling them in When you ...

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    Last week, we told you about Google's new smartphone chooser, an online tool designed to help you pick the right Android phone for your particular needs. I was immediately taken with the idea, envisioning a web app that leveraged Google's awesome knowledge base to ask you a series of questions that would gradually whittle down the vast pool of available Android devices until Your Perfect Smartphone appeared on the screen. Yeah, my expectations might have been a little extreme ... but then again, this is Google we're talking about. So I pointed my browser to Android – Which ...

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    Oh boy. Remember this thing? The HTC EVO 3D was one of two smartphones, alongside the LG Optimus 3D, that featured two very unique and very niche features: a dual camera setup on the back of the phone, and an autostereoscopic display for viewing 3D images, similar to what's found on the Nintendo 3DS. Neither phone was met with very favorable reviews, and they quickly died out and vanished into obscurity. Recent rumors have hinted at a dual camera fashioning on the next Nexus device, and while it doesn't sound like it'll use the same stereoscopic technology (if it happens at all), it ...

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    HTC hasn’t exactly carried a reputation for great cameras in recent years. What began as a bold idea in 2013 with the One M7’s Ultrapixel technology, a statement against the megapixel race in favor of “larger” pixels for pulling in more light, ended in bad execution in the form of an underwhelming 4MP sensor. Last year, HTC pushed forward with its unique Ultrapixel design, and added a depth sensor above for artificial bokeh and other effects. Again, it didn’t go over so well, so this year the company retraced its steps and put a new and improved 20MP shooter into its M9 … can ...

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    When it comes to mobile processor technology, Qualcomm has enjoyed a dominance over the space. Its Snapdragon processors at the heart of a lion’s share of mobile devices in the past couple of years, and indeed, at the heart of the mobile technology revolution. But as they say, "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown". Qualcomm’s vice-like grip on the large share of the smartphone pie is being called into question. They have been feeling the heat, and the devices powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor have been feeling the heat as well, quite literally. It seems like the rigors of ...

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    I’m a Windows Phone fan who has been on Android for about nine months now. Ever since I got the Moto360, then the Pebble, I have been pretty much addicted to smartwatches, and Windows Phone just doesn’t have them. Ok, it has the Band, but I don’t really count that. So I’m left with Android. But I don’t want that to sound like a bad thing – it’s not. I’m doing just fine on Android thank you very much, and a big reason why is Google Now. A hard sell Google Now is one of those services that’s hard to describe. Actually, it’s not really hard to ~describe~ so much as it’s ...

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    A little while ago, I powered up my first smartphone for the first time in a very long time. It’s the infamous and now forgotten Optimus 2X. It’s quite old and frankly ancient by mobile tech standards- it was first released back in 2010 and I’ve had mine since 2011. But there’s something about my three years of using the device that will stay with me forever. Those were the days when Android was just beginning to become the global juggernaut that it is today. I was a tech enthusiast right in the thick of the smartphone revolution- my enthusiast friends and I felt like pioneers, ...

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    The mobile world moves quickly – probably faster than just about any other industry in the world. New devices are announced on what feels like a weekly basis; perpetual software updates are hitting for hundreds of mobile devices; one-off press events are always happening; and while phones seem to have a longer life span than they did back in, say 2010, they still become antiques in what feels like no time. Looking back, it's crazy to see how far the industry has come over the years – from phones that (barely) handled email to pocket-sized computers that an increasingly awesome for ...

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    The Apple Watch saw some really great improvements at WWDC this year. Some of them were catching up to Android Wear, sure. The ability to reply to emails comes to mind. Some of the improvements were improvements that came along with iOS 9 – transit directions and Apple Wallet functionality. Overall, it was a nice upgrade package for those who bought an Apple watch a couple of months ago, especially for the Apple Watch face. But beauty, as they say, is skin deep, in the case of the Apple watch, screen deep. So much has happened just to the main screen of the watch, those improvements ...

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    The Yotaphone is one of the most unique smartphones on the market today. This dual-screened wonder has dazzled many of us here at Pocketnow, so we were downright giddy to review one just after CES. In practice, the phone is a very nice phone with some neat abilities added by that second screen. On paper though, the phone is a little light on the specs and pretty heavy on the price tag. We wanted to take a look and see what the rumored upcoming Yotaphone 3 should be and how to make it a success. Success is vital for this phone. The same rumor that mentioned that the Yotaphone 3 and budget ...

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    The other day, I wrote about midrange phones, and their cameras. Specifically, I cited how average and generally not-worth-writing-home-about they were. While I still think there is a market there, a possible solution occurred to me – get a flagship…from last year! That way I could have the latest and greatest cameras from a year ago, which were pretty good, but still manage a midrange price. It was so crazy it just might work. Yesterday's power After all, flagships from last year include the Samsung Galaxy S5, the iPhone 5s, the HTC One M8, and the LG G3. All of these had pretty good ...

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